LeasePlan is a global fleet management and driver mobility company of Dutch origin. Our full-service offering consists of financing and operational fleet management services to meet the needs of a diverse client base. Established in 1963, we have grown to become the world’s leading global fleet management and driver mobility company, with more than 85% of our 7,440-strong workforce now operating outside the Netherlands. Our global franchise manages some 1.6 million multi-brand vehicles and provides global fleet management and driver mobility services in 33 countries. We have a proven track record in enhancing our presence in traditional mature fleet markets, as well as expanding into new markets and growing our business to market leading positions. We are able to capitalise on our global presence and international network by providing innovative products and high-quality service to meet the needs of national and multinational clients alike. We strive to do this by using our expertise to make running a fleet easier for our clients. This is reflected in our universal promise to all our clients: “It’s easier to leaseplan.”
LeasePlan’s numerous entities around the world are diverse yet they remain united. Their diversity comes from the specialised services they offer from their various international locations. Their unity comes from the group’s core values, strong corporate governance and standardised practices. This enables us to consistently achieve economies of scale without compromising on sales and service effectiveness.
LeasePlan was founded in Amsterdam by Anton Goudsmit in 1963. The company initially leased equipment, a business model virtually unknown in the Netherlands. A few years later, Huib van der Meulen joined the young company.
Together, Anton and Huib developed the concept of transparency combined with advantageous financing. ‘Open calculation’ was born. It was so well received that it became LeasePlan's philosophy.
The company took its first international steps by opening LeasePlan Belgium in 1972, after which many offices were opened in different countries. The opening of the USA office in 1983 was the first intercontinental step for LeasePlan, closely followed by the opening of a LeasePlan office in Australia in 1988. In 2016, LeasePlan is a multinational with a presence in 33 countries.
A number of key forces will play a significant role in changing the vehicle leasing industry in the years to come. Our industry and the needs of the clients we serve will be shaped by sustainability, new technologies, increased urbanisation and regulation by governments and policymakers.
We foresee a shift in vehicle-centric services to driver-centric services. An increasing demand for new mobility services will require our services to extend beyond the vehicle to other modes of transportation. The future of LeasePlan lies in continuing to connect clients to leasing and mobility opportunities that make their lives easier, wherever they are based. Our strategy and key values provide the direction for our journey.